Constant Aviation unit provides major structural repair on ERJ-145

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Constant Aviation division Air Services has completed major structural repairs on an Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet that slid off a runway in Canada.

The maintenance firm, which is headquartered at Cleveland airport, says its mobile recovery team provided ERJ-145 "nose removal and replacement" and delivered the aircraft back to service for a commercial airline.

Earlier this year a United Express ERJ-145 slid off a wet runway at Ottawa airport. Air Services does not say if it repaired the United Express aircraft.

The firm does reveal, however, that a ten-person recovery team spent 80 days in Ottawa performing nose section, belly skin, landing gear, flight control and avionics component replacement, and substantial wiring repairs and replacements. After completing the recovery the aircraft spent a week at the Air Services facility in Cleveland where the nose section was repainted and the aircraft was returned to service.

Financial terms of the contract have not been disclosed.

Air Services operations manager David Williams says: "This was one of the most extensive and complicated recoveries our mobile team has completed. After the preliminary feedback from the engineering team was received it was determined that the entire nose section just forward of the passenger door needed to be replaced including the belly skin back to the leading edges.

"The experience our team has with complete nose replacements proved to be a key asset in successfully completing this recovery. The aircraft has since flown close to 150 hours with no issues."